Update: U.S. 75 resurfacing project under way

Update: A resurfacing project scheduled to begin next week on U.S. Highway 75 in Osage County has instead begun today. This morning, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced the project originally scheduled to begin Sept. 8, began today, Aug. 31.

Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, is the contractor on the 15.94-mile resurfacing project, and is to start milling Thursday on a 9.53-mile stretch of the two-lane portion of northbound and southbound U.S. 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction north to the U.S. 56 junction, all in Osage County. A 6.41-mile portion of southbound U.S. 75 from the 42nd Street interchange to the Topeka Boulevard interchange south of Topeka is also included in the project.

Milling work on the Osage County portion of the U.S. 75 project is to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, when northbound and southbound U.S. 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction will be reduced to one lane for both directions, short increments at a time, for overlay work. Crews will begin work in the two-lane portion of northbound U.S. 75 at the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction and work north to the U.S. 56 junction where they will then turn around to complete work on the southbound U.S. 75 lanes. Once this work is finished, crews will then begin work on the southbound U.S. 75 lanes in Shawnee County.

The contractor began work today spray patching in the Shawnee County portion of the project.

Project work includes the milling away of 5/8 inch of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 5/8-inch overlay on all existing mainline lanes, shoulders and ramps. All new pavement markings will be added upon completion of the overlay work. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via a pilot car and flagger operation on the two-lane portion of U.S. 75 in Osage County. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions, along with intermittent short-term closures of adjacent cross roads during the project work hours. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 55 mph posted speed limit through the work zone throughout the project duration. Traffic will be directed with cones and signage through the work zone of the two-lane portion of southbound U.S. 75 in Shawnee County.

The scheduled completion date for the entire resurfacing project is November.

Original project announcement is below.

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Aug. 27, 2015: On Tuesday, Sept. 8, weather permitting, a 15.94-mile resurfacing project will begin on a 9.53-mile stretch of the two-lane portion of northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction north to the U.S. Highway 56 junction in Osage County, and on a 6.41-mile portion of southbound U.S. 75 from the 42nd Street interchange to the Topeka Boulevard interchange south of Topeka (Shawnee County).

Project work includes the milling away of 5/8 inch of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 5/8 inch overlay on all existing mainline lanes, shoulders and ramps. All new pavement markings will be added upon completion of the overlay work. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Beginning Sept. 8, northbound and southbound U.S. 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction will be reduced to one lane for both directions, short increments at a time, for overlay work. Crews will begin work in the two-lane portion of northbound U.S. 75 at the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction and work north to the U.S. 56 junction where they will then turn around to complete work on the southbound U.S. 75 lanes. Once this work is finished, crews will then begin work on the southbound U.S. 75 lanes in Shawnee County.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via a pilot car and flagger operation on the two-lane portion of U.S. 75 in Osage County. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions along with intermittent short-term closures of adjacent cross roads during the project work hours. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 55 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via cones and signage on the two-lane portion of southbound U.S. 75 in Shawnee County. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 60 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, is the primary contractor on this resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $1.961 million. The scheduled completion date for the entire resurfacing project is November.

This project is funded by the 10-year T-WORKS transportation program. Find out more about this and other T-WORKS projects at:.

For more information on this project, KDOT Project #75-106 KA-4103-01, see kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks or contact Kimberly Qualls, KDOT’s northeast Kansas public affairs manager, at 785-640-9340, or Nathan Anstey, construction manager, at 620-342-5402.

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Project limits for the Osage County portion.

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